According to a recent story in the Otago Daily Times, Facebook recently invited to its campus in Palo Alto, California, experts to share the science behind compassion and altruism.

Researchers from a Stanford University compassion institute and the University of California-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Centre said humans were hard-wired for compassionate behaviour and got physiological boosts from feel-good neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and dopamine when they deployed their better nature.

In the audience, engineers listened intently to ideas about humanising social interactions. Facebook's interest in a scientific approach meant "a huge opportunity" to enhance social and emotional skills on a mass scale, which was especially needed among younger users, one expert at the event said.

After the talks, the company improved its "social reporting" tool to convey emotion, which helped connect people. "They feel more empowered and the friend becomes more mindful," he said. "Everyone learns from this." It was the science behind the benefits of good behaviour that caught the attention of Arturo Bejar, director of engineering at Facebook. 

The Compassion Project Team has a package of Compassion Exercise cards headed his way!